Spatio-temporal association of fossil fuel CO2 emissions from crop production across US counties

Taehyun Kim, Sandy Dall'erba

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This article offers a spatio-temporal analysis of the distribution of CO2 emissions, the main cause for greenhouse gases, due to agricultural activities across US counties. Based on a novel database, we investigate how crop production output (measured in carbon) relates to CO2 emitted in the production and transportation process of the inputs needed for crop production. Various spatial statistics are used to highlight the clusters of counties with similarities in the levels and growth of output per area, input per area and productivity. At the same time, significant levels of heterogeneity are highlighted for all variables. A decomposition method allows us to uncover that the origin of interregional differences in productivity differs across the clusters of counties. Our results indicate that future mitigation policies should not fail to recognize interregional differences in the location, spatial extent and origin of carbon emissions due to the crop production process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
StatePublished - Jan 15 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Crop production
  • Decomposition
  • Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA)
  • Fossil fuel CO emissions
  • Spatio-temporal association
  • US counties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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